The Daily Mail recently reported that Ben Woodburn had not been recalled from his loan spell at Sheffield United, despite turning out for Liverpool’s U23 side against Derby on Sunday. However, United’s bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday should attempt to convince the Reds that he will get more game time at Hillsborough.
The 19-year-old was subbed off after around 65 minutes in the 3-2 Premier League 2 loss for Liverpool’s youngsters, but he remains on his season-long loan deal with the Blades.
Liverpool though have become known for insisting that their young loan players get significant game time to aid their development, and the club have even inserted clauses into the temporary deals so that a certain amount of appearances must be made.
The Reds then could recall Woodburn in January and send him elsewhere if Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder does not re-integrate him into the squad at Bramall Lane. The young Welsh international has only started one league game for the Blades so far this season and has just 234 minutes under his belt, so Wednesday and manager Jos Luhukay could certainly offer a better deal.
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Wednesday are currently 11th in the Championship table after their 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough last Friday evening, and Woodburn would be a perfect fit for Luhukay’s side. The Liverpool man could dovetail well with the in-form Adam Reach to add the creative spark that the Owls sometimes lack.
Woodburn is also versatile and can play in attacking midfield or off the left-hand side of an attacking three, so he would surely get more minutes at Hillsborough than he currently is with United even if this was off the bench.
Convincing Liverpool to recall Woodburn from the Blades and send him to Wednesday would be a bold attempt from the Owls, but it would certainly benefit Luhukay for the remainder of the season and could be a crucial move for Wednesday in their push for promotion.
So, Wednesday fans, would you like to see a loan move for Woodburn in January if he is recalled by Liverpool? Have your say by voting in our poll below.